Thursday, September 30, 2010

Marx tour and Curry Night

This post is going to be very short. Today we had a tour of the Karl Marx library for our afternoon class field trip. Our guide was a sweet old gentleman whom you will see featured in the video of the tour (once I get it uploaded). Went shopping on Oxford Street afterward. I love H&M. I have never been there before but they have some really cute stuff and most of it was really cheap. (bras were 9.99 GBP!)
Had group curry night tonight which I loved because Indian food is one of my favorites. Brick Lane was where the restaurant was located and it was interesting to be aggressively approached by people from all the restaurants to come in and eat at their restaurant. I love that area. Really pretty, old, some cobblestone roads, big lovely church. Really close to Liverpool Station (where they shot this t-mobile ad.
Leeds Castle and Canterbury trip tomorrow. 'Night!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Normal Day in London

Hi guys,
Sorry I didn't update yesterday. Blogger was having some issues or maybe my computer, I don't know.
Today was our second day of classes. I am sad to say that I am not really enjoying classes. I feel like I would much rather be out exploring history than sitting in a classroom and I am also finding that the class really isn't my thing at all. The teacher is really talented but it just doesn't seem to fit me and my personality.
Had a really good lunch at the ULU pub today. Chicken Tikka Masala, it was awesome. I had it eaten in less than 5 min! Then went for a really nice walk in Russell Square park. Smelled the roses, lol, and was swarmed by pigeons. I love all the parks here and am going to make it a point to spend time visiting as many as possible.
After classes were over, my roomie and I went for some much needed supplies (hairdryer, allergy meds, crisps! etc.) at Tesco just north of our homestay. It was huge. Much larger than I expected in London but was nice that we didn't have to run all over. We have been trying to get all of our errands done since we got here on Saturday and it is good to be mostly done so we can settle in and focus on class and fun.
My home stay mum is a pretty good cook and made us bangers and mash (sausages and mashed potatoes and peas) for dinner tonight. Last night I had some really awesome Bread and Butter Pudding. I am really loving the food here.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday, Day 2

Transit this morning was a breeze. Between my roomie and me, we had it pretty much down. Orientation meeting was this morning at the University of London. Had a safety talk by a Sargent in local police. He was quite entertaining and made fun of us at the same time. He was hilarious. He warned us about the fake taxi cabs that they are having a problem with these days so I was glad of that. Especially if I am going to go to theatre and get tired and want to take a taxi home instead of the bus.

Next, we had a talk about transit from Sara from AIFS and a talk about our home-stay families and guidelines from Penny. She is a sweetie from what I can tell.
Lunch next. Ate in a cool and really yummy place called Pret A Manger which seems to be a chain of little soup and sandwich places. I don't know how widespread they are but they had natural sodas that were awesome so I hope they have them all over! I had the ginger beer. So yummy!!!

After Lunch, we met up for a bus tour of London which was a bit of a repeat for me of my last trip to London. The cool thing is, this time I get to stay and enjoy it and explore it longer! I took lots of video today which I will post on my youtube (Lissagirl99) hopefully tonight. So go check that out. I don't promise that it was any good and there are a lot of little videos. I am not an experienced editor yet so they may be just awful but hopefully it will help you to see a little bit of what I saw today. Sean was our tour guide and he was very helpful and was mindful of what we as students would be interested in knowing so I liked him.

After the tour, we stopped at Tesco for a few groceries and I hoped to get a hairdryer and some allergy meds but all the shops closed by six so we just came on home.

Ursula is my roomie and she is great so far. We really seem to be getting along and I hope it stays that way. We are both having a great time and I am not feeling homesick yet. I don't know that I really will unless something bad happens and I don't think it will. Love to you all and take care!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I'm here!!!

Just arrived a couple of hours ago. Getting ready now to go from the AIFS office to my meet my homestay family and hopefully get some rest and most important, a shower! I am super proud of myself because I took the tube from Heathrow to the office. It wasn't hard at all, except finding the tube station in Heathrow. Got a little bit lost on my walk to the office but am here now so all is well.
The flight was awesome. Lots of movies available and every seat had a player. I couldn't sleep so I watched movies all night. They also fed us a ton of food that we didn't have to pay extra for which was really good for my tight budget. Feeling really loopy right now so I'm going to go. But check my youtube channel for some vids.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Packing is DONE! YAY!

So, packing went really well this trip. I actually did most of it yesterday and have been fairly organized. I am finished now and will be going to bed before 3 in the morning so that is a definite improvement! Also, I am bringing a small video camera on the trip and plan to update my youtube channel regularly. Here is the link to today's video. I look horrible but I was packing and got rained on and was wearing old clothes that I didn't pack so whatever.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Laptop for London

My awesome parents have arranged for me to have a new laptop to take with me to use in London. I am on it now. I am trying to figure out how to make it do what I want it to and get used to it enough before I leave in less than 2 weeks! Yay for cool parents!

Friday, September 10, 2010

countdown update

Two more weeks to go from today!!! I feel like I have a ton of stuff to do and I'm trying to get 5 plus novels read before I go per my teacher's request. I don't even have all of them yet because I can't afford them all until payday. Well, I will do my best.

I will be spending Thanksgiving break in Ireland this year. I am super excited. I booked my flight from London to Dublin last week and got what I think is a really good deal. Now I need to find out if I can afford to rent a car.